The Patriots Are Guilty in Deflate-gate

Deflate-gate. Some are saying it is such a stupid thing for the NFL to focus on because the Patriots would have won the game over the Colts, anyway. Maybe, but that is NOT the effing point. One can minimize and trivialize this, just as the NFL did with the spousal abuse by a player in the elevator.

The Patriot's coach claims he has never heard of this in all his years of football, really? The quarterback admitted that he does like a less inflated football because he can grip it better, yet, has no idea this had occurred during the game, really? Now, the owner of the Patriots wants an apology for cheating. How much more lunacy will this infraction cause? The NFL has found under inflated footballs from the game, yet the mystery is how that happened within a few hours. Cold temps would not cause this. A new report states a ball handler took the footballs into a restroom and within 90 seconds deflated under 12.5 psi. This was attempted by MSNBC and the person could only deflate 8 of the 12 balls. But a trained ball handler might be able to do all or maybe there were two deflating- that would explain this! Another question was why did not the referees notice this when they handled the balls?

Dear NFL, of course the deflation of 11 footballs used in some of the football game was deliberate! Who would gain such a benefit? Who might have a motive to do it? What team has been busted for breaking NFL rules before? The Patriots.

It is possible the ball handler did this on his own accord, knowing how the QB likes his footballs, knowing how important this game was to get to the Super Bowl. While this might the case, nobody on the team, especially the QB, did the right thing and make sure they were inflated to the minimum pressure. Why? The QB was cheating, getting a better grip to throw the football that a receiver could catch more effectively. It is a morality issue and it sends a bad message.

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lions44 20 months ago from Auburn, WA

As much as I don't like the Pats, I am not bothered by this at all, whether they did it or not. Brad Johnson, a Super Bowl winning QB, paid the ball boys to work on the game balls to his specs. Other QBs do it too. I really think this is driven by jealously of Brady, in particular. Dream job, rich and he gets the hottest girl. Everybody hates the guy because it appears to come easy. He's a 6th round draft pick who outworked everyone else. Game over.


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Fred Arnold 20 months ago from Clearwater, FL

You realize there is no evidence to the allegations against the Patriots, right? If they took everything they had and went to court, they would fail to get a conviction. That is because it is all off of hearsay. You know what else someone could proclaim? That someone from the Colts team deflated the footballs to make them look bad. There is as much evidence to that statement as to the Patriots deflating them.

Now, think about that game for a second. The officials are the ones who handle the footballs before, during, and after the game. They measure them 2 hours before game time when they are dropped off to their locker room. No player touches a football till the game starts. So that would mean the officials were in on the issue as well? And remember, the balls were only deflated in the first half which means the officials caught the issue and rectified it by the second. The score of the second half was 28-0.

Brady threw average stats, only 226 yards. So yeah, he apparently had an advantage.

Another fact that people seem to forget: if there was foul play, you seriously think that during an AFC championship game something would not have turned up on camera? There's more than 8,000 cameras being deployed during a game of that size, come on.

You haven't provided any fact. You have provided your opinion which is not evidence to convict anyone.

-Fred


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perrya 20 months ago Author

@Fred, agree. I did raise the ref issue and of course, it is just everyone's opinion because no smoking gun has been found BUT in the minds of many people the finger points at the Patriots for either direct participation or omission when it was known to happening or looking the other way. The NFL should now create rules that teams have no balls during the game and only refs provide or handle them.


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Fred Arnold 20 months ago from Clearwater, FL

The Refs only handle them now. You probably mean before the game the NFL should supply the balls, not the teams. Here's what is funny: the Patriots out play themselves in the second half when the balls are not under inflated. Correlation does not prove causation, but there's obviously little advantage to under inflated footballs within this game. From what I've read it is really difficult to tell between a 12.5 psi ball and a 11 psi ball just by touch alone.

And if many people have that opinion then that is there opinion, not fact, and unless legit evidence comes to light that implicates any of the Patriots or Colts players then there is no story past the fact that they were under inflated for half a game.

In any case, Super Bowl is this Sunday!

-Fred


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Ty Tayzlor 20 months ago from Anywhere

All the evidence is against new England makes sense. Tom Brady has one of the slowest release times of any starter in the league and his accuracy with the deep ball has been suspect for a while now.


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Fred Arnold 20 months ago from Clearwater, FL

@Ty. What evidence? There has been nothing except word of mouth. Word of mouth doesn't stand as evidence, sorry.


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perrya 20 months ago Author

The best thing from a PR perspective is that the NFL should fine the Patriots or some other penalty to send a message to others. To quell the public opinion and create new rules for how the balls are handled in all NFL games. I am sure the NFL is trying to sweep this under the rug.


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Fred Arnold 20 months ago from Clearwater, FL

Fining them would be saying that they are guilty even though there is no evidence to convict them. People's opinions mean nothing, the truth means something. Either you are for evidence and rightful conviction, or you believe in conviction off of hearsay. There's no in-between.


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Ty Tayzlor 20 months ago from Anywhere

The evidence is they found that all but one ball was deflated and they cornered the equipment manager. Add in the questionable press conferences by Belichick and Brady and their previous incident involving cheating, the league has to investigate and I won't be surprised if and when they are fined and/or lose draft picks.


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Fred Arnold 20 months ago from Clearwater, FL

@Ty. If there was substantial evidence to bring to the table then there would already be retribution. The fact is finding under inflated balls in only the FIRST half of the game leads nowhere. The officials rectified the situation in the second half. And what questionable press conference? Them saying they had nothing to do with it? (That is probably your only reasoning behind why you consider it "questionable.") And correlation still does not prove causation. Regardless of what someone does in the past does not mean they are guilty in the present. They won't be fined or lose draft picks because there is no evidence to condemn anyone. You stating you found under inflated balls is like someone saying, "I found blood in the kitchen of that restaurant which means the cooks are guilty." That does not hold up in court and you should not see that as evidence.

-Fred


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perrya 20 months ago Author

The NFL must have some punishment. Period.


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Ty Tayzlor 20 months ago from Anywhere

Read my profile description Fred


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Fred Arnold 20 months ago from Clearwater, FL

Very nice. Doesn't make you any less wrong :)

-Fred


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perrya 20 months ago Author

Well, if nothing is done, its like a parent knowing their kid cheated yet cannot prove it-we know something happened on the Patriots side. That is proof enough for a fine. If nothing more it is to send a signal to others.

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